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KJT Group is proud to announce its sponsorship of the Rochester Community Player’s and WallByrd Theatre Co.’s production of The Two Gentleman of Verona as part of the Rochester Community Players’ “Free Shakespeare at Highland Bowl” program. This summer’s production, running from July 6th-21st at Highland Bowl, features a Bollywood theme on Shakespeare’s classic comedy. It is the 22nd annual “Free Shakespeare at Highland Bowl” production with support from the Monroe County Parks Department.
Jonny Davis, Chair of the Shakespeare Committee at the Rochester Community Players and Senior Associate at KJT Group said, “Everyone at Rochester Community Players and WallByrd is excited and grateful to have KJT Group as a sponsor, especially for our ‘Free Shakespeare at Highland Bowl’ programming. As a predominantly volunteer-run, non-profit theatre, KJT Group’s support is vital to the Rochester Community Players’ pursuit of its mission: providing professional-level support to local community actors in productions that reach as much of the Rochester community as possible.
The Two Gentlemen of Verona is William Shakespeare’s earliest comedy: it follows the story of two young men venturing abroad to explore the world and spark romance. What sets this production of ‘Two Gents’ apart from others is WallByrd director Virginia Monte’s vision to have the gentlemen of the title travel to Mumbai rather than Milan, making it ‘La-La-Land’ meets ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.’ We partnered locally with the India Community Center and its Kalidas Theater as well as the Bharata School of Indian Dance to ensure this production properly captured the Bollywood theme and Indian culture while featuring local India-born and Indo-American actors.”
Performances are free to the public, and start at 8pm every night, with no performances on Mondays. The show runs about two and a half hours including a 15-minute intermission, where refreshments are available for sale. The July 20th performance will be ASL interpreted, sponsored by Canandaigua National Bank. Bring a chair or blanket, your sense of humor, and join us for Shakespeare under the stars!
For more information on the production and the Rochester Community Players, visit their website (http://www.rochestercommunityplayers.org/). For more information on Wallbyrd Theatre Co., visit their website (http://www.wallbyrd.com/). Highland Bowl is located at 1137 South Ave., Rochester, NY 14620.